Keira: A Wedding in Apple Grove marks the start of a new series for you, as well as a new romance subgenre—small town romance! What drew you to writing these new books?
CA: My editor asked if I’d be interested in writing a small town series for Sourcebooks, so of course I said yes! The lake community we’ve lived in the for the last 30 years was like living in a small town, where everyone knew everyone else’s business, five of us were pregnant with our first babies at the same time—our kids went to preschool together and graduated from high school together. Although I was born in South Carolina, I grew up on Cedar Hill—a small neighborhood of about 25 homes in Wayne, NJ. We were isolated from the rest of the town, because all of the streets were dead ends—if you didn’t live on Cedar Hill, you really didn’t have a reason to drive up there. IMHO small neighborhoods and small towns have a lot in common. We’ve always tried to help our neighbors and friends whenever possible and were often on the receiving end as well—that is one of my favorite aspects to write about.
Keira: The heroine, Megan, is a handyman—or should we say handywoman! What made you decide to give her this profession most people identify with men? Any handy tips you have to offer our readers?
CA: I thought it would be a nice twist, besides I happen to know quite a few women who have had to learn to be handy when their men weren’t around to fix what needed fixing. Growing up my mom was the one who installed the chair rail in our dining room, among other things. I’m married to a very handy man and am so grateful that he is. There is always something that needs to be fixed or tinkered with in our house. The first thing I learned how to do is sheetrock and spackle when we first moved in. The last project we did was installing one of those laminated wood floors in our kitchen last year. One very important thing I’ve learned over the years is NOT to take photos every step of the way during a project—the memory of the framing for the shower plumbing flying past me down the cellar stairs was all the clue I needed to take pictures before—and when my hubby went outside for more parts or in the cellar for more tools—and of course after—NOT during!
Keira: Dan is the new guy in town, and everyone wants to know everything about him! What are three things that you might assume about him at first, but learn are totally different once you get to know him?
CA: He is a city boy and won’t be able to adapt to small town living, he has a girlfriend back home, he won’t stick. He proves everyone wrong almost as soon as he arrives in town—but I don’t want to spoil the book for those that haven’t read it yet!
Keira: The story begins with a wedding, and readers are introduced to a vibrant cast of side characters! Please introduce us to a few of your favorite Apple Grove residents.
CA: I love Miss Trudi Philo—one of the town’s octogenarians—she owns Trudi’s Garden Center and can be seen around town in her khaki jodphers, white button-down collar shirt, and wellies. Then there’s Honey B. Harrington—who owns Honey’s Hair Salon—she has a unique way of advertising by changing her hair color once a week…well she’s secretly hoping to snag the attention of Apple Grove’s sheriff, Mitch Wallace, but he’s a little slow to catch on. Then there’s the sheriff who rescued Meg from the crow’s nest over at McCormack’s farm when she was a kid—and he the deputy—he claims Meg was his first juvenile delinquent rescue.
Keira: What motivated you to become a published romance author?
CA: I’m a huge fan of romance that began reading Phyllis A. Whitney’s book LOST ISLAND when I was twelve or thirteen. I’m addicted to the HEA. I’ve always loved to write poems and short stories, but hadn’t thought about writing a romance until the night I realized I’d read (and re-read) all of my books. My husband was the one who suggested that I write one of my own—and once that seed was planted, it was as if someone opened a window and a fresh wind blew through me…suddenly I had all of these ideas and characters that I wanted to write about. I know it is a gift that had been waiting for the right time and for me to figure out that it was there…waiting for me.
Keira: If you could cast your hero and heroine starring any actors (dead, alive, young, old, etc.), who would be your dream lead couple and why?
CA: One of my favorite pairings hands down would be John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara…I just loved their chemistry in so many of their movies, but especially in John Ford’s THE QUIET MAN. You could just feel the sparks between them—they seemed like real people, with real problems, even though they were starring on the silver screen.
Keira: There’s a very cool classic car on the cover of A Wedding in Apple Grove. What kind of car would you have if money was no option?
CA: I’ve always loved classic cars and trucks. I’d love to have a black 1950 Ford F1 pickup truck, but I’d settle for the newer Ford F100…like the one Rick Dale drives on the History Channel’s American Restoration show—his is a 1951 F100 pickup—in black!
Keira: Please tell us where readers can find you on the web, and what’s coming next for you!
CA: My website is http://www.chadmirand.com blog: http://www.romanceauthor-chadmirand.blogspot.com http://www.twitter.com/CHAdmirand http://www.facebook.com/pages/CH-Admirand/493436157349635or http://www.facebook.com/CH.Admirand Book two in my small town series: ONE DAY IN APPLE GROVE will be releasing in June 2013 and book three: WELCOME BACK TO APPLE GROVE will be releasing in December 2013. In between I have to really cool things happening—firsts for me: A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE will be released in large print in April and my first digital comic: BRING EM BACK ALIVE (my historical western romance—which continues my Irish Western Series) will be released in March. In April during RT’s Graphic Novel & E-Book Expo, a special print version will be available. I can’t wait!
A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE BY C.H. ADMIRAND – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012
He’s not so sure about small town life.
She can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Welcome to Apple Grove, Ohio (population 597), where everyone has your best interests at heart, even if they can’t agree on the best way to meddle. When the townsfolk of Apple Grove need handiwork done, there’s no job too small for the Mulcahy sisters: Megan, Caitlin, and Grace.
Specializing in hard work and family loyalty, tomboy Meg Mulcahy has left behind any girlhood reams of romance. Enter newcomer Daniel Eagan, looking to bury his own broken heart and make a new start. He’s surprised-and delighted-by the winsome girl with the mighty tool belt who shows up to fix his wiring.
But Dan’s got a lot to learn about life in a small town, and when Meg’s past collides with her future, it may take all 595 other residents of Apple Grove to keep this romance from short-circuiting.
Praise for A Wedding in Apple Grove:
“A terrifically fun read… With quick dialogue and a homey feel, this is a wonderful book to curl up with. Small-town romance at its best!” —RT Book Review, 4 Stars
“Raw charm… one to read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sexy and fun… Admirand’s series will be popular, especially with fans of Susan Wiggs and Janet Chapman.” —Booklist
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C.H. ADMIRAND was born in Aiken, South Carolina, but grew up in New Jersey. She has been delighting readers with her Secret Life of Cowboys Series, featuring three cowboy brothers with Irish charm, and is now working on the next books in her small town contemporary romance series, featuring the town and quirky characters of Apple Grove, OH. She lives with her husband, who is the inspiration for all of her heroes’ best traits, in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.CHAdmirand.com.
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